1999 Merit Badge Jamboree
January 9, 1999
Hayfield Secondary School
Fairfax County, Virginia
Despite cold and slushy conditions left over from snow that
closed schools the day before, more than 200 Scouts and dozens of adult leaders made their
way to Hayfield Secondary School for the Colonial District's first Merit Badge Jamboree.
Following an opening assembly, each Colonial Boy Scout paused only for an hour at
lunch while attending up to six hours of classes that enabled him to complete many
requirements for one or two merit badges. More than 20 badges were offered, with an
emphasis on providing Scouts with an opportunity to work on badges that they would not
normally have access to in normal troop or summer camp settings.
Special thanks go to Lucy Mitchell, who directed this new
activity, to Dave Stewart, who assisted her in overall instruction, to Wayne Spangler, who
coordinated the lunch (which saw 80 pizzas consumed by the ravenous Scouts), and to the
many counselors who gave their time to offer this diverse range of badges.
Following are photos of the day's events, which have been
gathered into sections associated with different sets of badges or other activities. Click
one of the words below to go to that section. (If you prefer, you can use the
"Next Page" and "Previous Page" links at the top and bottom of each
album page to go through all the photos in sequence.)